10 Things to do in SHANGHAI

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

If it's your first time to go to Shanghai, here are a few things that you can do...

1. Take a picture along The Bund - The new Shanghai & old Shanghai
The Bund is the most popular tourist attraction in Shanghai. It offers a taste of the past with the colonial structures and a view of the future across the river in Pudong.

Huangpu River separates the Old Shanghai- The historic European architecture...

The Bund- Old Shanghai at night

The Bund- Old Shanghai

... from the New Shanghai- glittering architecture of modern China.

L-r: Kuya, Gael, Papa, Mama & me with the new Shanghai view
The New Shanghai at night

The Bund cannot be missed.

Location: in the west bank of Huangpu River from the Waibai Transfer Bridge of Beijing East Road to Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai. 
Ticket: free
Opening time: all day long
How to get to the Bund: 

Buses- No.20, 26, 33, 37, 42, 55, 65, 123, 135, 145, 251, 576, 868, 910, 921, 926, 928 and get off at the station of Nanjing Donglu and then walk to the Bund for 5-10 minutes
Metro- No.2 and get off at the station of Nanjing Donglu and then walk to the Bund for 15 minutes.

2. Visit the People's Square
It is located at the center of Shanghai. Here you can see Shanghai's municipal government headquarter building, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall and the Grand Theatre.

Shanghai Municipal Building
In the center of the square is a musical fountain. Best to go here at night because of all the lights of the Museum & Grand Theater. 

Used as the standard reference point for measurement of distance in the Shanghai municipality

Zero point of highway
Location: Huangpu District, city center of Shanghai.
Ticket: free
Opening time: all day long

Metro- No.1, 2 and 8 pass the People’s Square and name the stop just as People’s Square. 
Buses- People’s Square is the key traffic hinge of Shanghai, serving as origin bus stations at all intersections around for a number of buses lines, 

3.  Night out at Xintiandi
Xintiandi is something like Eastwood in the Philippines and Clake Quay in Singapore. Here you can find Shanghai's most popular restaurants and bar district. 

Xintiandi is divided into the North and South Blocks. The south block is more modern while the north has Shikiumen architecture, making it into the most ideal site for visitors to have a good view of the history, culture, and modern lifestyle of Shanghai.

at Nice Restaurant

Location: Alley 181, Taicang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai City (at downtown Shanghai, adjoining Middle Huaihai Road, South Huangpi Road and Madang Road).
Entrance fee: free
Opening time: all day long
How to get there: 
Metro-  No.1 (get off at "South Huangpi Road") or No.10 (get off at "Xintiandi").
Bus- No. 146, 781, 911, 926, 42, etc.

4. Shop at Yu Yuan Garden Bazaar
Yu Yuan Garden is the most famous garden in Shanghai. It is a traditional Chinese Garden located at the heart of Shanghai's old city. 

Near the Garden is Shanghai bazaar where vendor sells different products to tourists & locals.

We also saw this quaint old mafia photography studio so we entertained ourselves by dressing up & going to the past- the Chinese way.

Chinese Mafia Familia

China dolls
Location: in the north-eastern of the old Chinese city, No.137 Anren Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai.
Opening time: 08:30-17:00
Ticket: CNY40 during the high season (from April 1 to June 30 & from Sep.1 to Nov 30); CNY30 during the low season (from Dec 1 to Mar 31 & from July 1 to Aug 31).
How to get to Yuyuan Garden: 
Bus- No.11, 26, 64, 66, 126, 715, 920, 926, 929, 930, 969, etc and get off at the station of Yu Yuan;
Metro- take metro No.10 and get off at the station of Yu Yuan.

5. Cruise at the Huangzou River
To best experience Shanghai, one should cruise along the Huangzou River. Here, you can experience best of both worlds because it is in the middle of Old & New Shanghai.  There are a lot of cruises to choose from that ranges from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Some evening cruises also include dinner under the glittering lights of Shanghai's skyscrapers. In our case, our cruise takes about 45 minutes.

The Bund, Jin Mao Tower, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Huangpu Park are just a few of the many sights to be seen.

Oriental Pearl Tower at the back

The Bund
Cruise routes & duration & opening time: along the Huangpu River
- From Zhongshan East 2 Road to Yangpu Bridge: One-hour tour, which departs every 30 minutes from 09:30 to 21:30;
- From Zhongshan East 2 Road to Wusong Mouth: about three-hour tour, which departs at 14:00.
Transportation: by various types of boats
Ticket prices: - depends on the boat and cruise time, generally,- CNY50 for the cruise to Yangpu Bridge in the day time; CNY70 for small vessels (for 100 passengers) and CNY100 for large vessels (for 800 passengers) in the evening;- CNY150 for the cruise to Wusong Mouth, which also provides some free drinks and snacks.

6. Experience riding the bullet trian going to Suzhou
Suzhou is the nearest city from Shanghai so if you want to experience riding Shanghai's bullet train, Suzhou is the best place to go. Travel time is for 30 minutes only, the ride is smooth, quiet and really fast.

Enjoy the tranquil water towns while cruising on winding rivers.

7. Walk along Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is a walking street and regarded as the first commercial road in Shanghai. It is the most bustling and prosperous street in Shanghai. 

Location: in the city center starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Road, neighboring People's Square and spanning two districts of Jing'an and Huangpu.
Ticket: free
Opening time: all day long
How to get to Nanjing Road: 
Bus- No.17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 37, 55, 921, etc. and get off at the station of Ren Min Guang Chang or intersections of Nanjing Road. 
Metro- No.1, 2 or 8 and get off at the station of Ren Min Guang Chang or Nanjing Dong Lu.

8. Visit Shanghai Old Street
This is an ideal place to discover what Shanghai looks like in the past. It is adjacent to the Yuyuan Garden. 

In the streets you can see many old stores. It offers hundreds of items to buy, including these Shanghai caps my brother bought.

Location: in Fangbang Central Road, starts from Henan South Road in the west and ends in People's Road in the east, included in the former Little Eastern Gate the Shanghai Old City Area  Huangpu District, Shanghai.
How to get to there: 
Bus- No.11, 26, 64, 65, 66, 715, 736, 801, 868, 910, 920, 926, 928, 930, 945 and get off at the stop of Xiao Dong Men or Yu Yuan
Metro- No.8 and get off at the stop of Lao Xi Men; or by No.9 and get off at Xiao Nan Men; or by No.10 and get off at Yu Yuan.

9. Eat Peking Duck
Never leave Shanghai without eating Peking Duck in an authentic Shanghai restaurant. We ate ours along the streets of Nanjing Road. It was definitely one of the best dinners I've had in a foreign country.

Peking duck is China's signature dish and is well known all around the world. 

Roasted peking duck

10. Eat Xiaolongbao in Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House is well known for having the best xiaolongbao. It was originated in Taiwan (never had the opportunity to eat there because it's jam packed) and now it branches out to many countries - US, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia Korea). So you can just imagine my delight when I saw it in Shanghai.

There is a right way of eating xiaolongbao, you can check this site- http://connvoyage.blogspot.com/2011/01/xiao-long-bao-know-how.html

steamed chicken xiaolongbao

Address: 12 Building 6, Floor 2, Shop 11aXintiandi South BlockShanghai China

Shanghai is a fun place to go to, but beware of travel agencies who lure you to shops and insist on selling unnecessary items you'll end up buying then realizing you don't need it.

To know more about Shanghai you might be interested here:
What you need to know before going to Shanghai

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